Sunday, March 29, 2020

Prayers for Sunday

Thank God for all favors and offer yourself to Him

O my God, I most humbly thank Thee for all the favors Thou hast bestowed upon me up to the present moment. I give Thee thanks from the bottom of my heart that Thou hast created me after Thine own image and likeness, that Thou hast redeemed me by the precious blood of Thy dear Son, and that Thou hast preserved me and brought me safe to the beginning of another day. I offer to Thee, O Lord, my whole being, and in particular all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings of this day. I consecrate them all to the glory of Thy name, beseeching Thee that through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour they may all find acceptance in Thy sight. May Thy divine love animate them, and may they all tend to Thy greater glory.

Prayers of the Angel of Fatima

“My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee. Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. And through the infinite merit of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.”

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Covid-19 Has Demonstrated That the Salt Has Lost Its Savour

Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men.

- St. Matthew 5:11-14

Last year, Good Friday 2019, I remember noticing that it wasn't being treated by the populace like a real holiday. Media personalities were all working; most businesses were open; people were out and about living their lives without a care as to what that day meant.

The most important event in world history - the crucifixion of Christ - seemed to be far from the minds of almost everyone. The indifference of it all must wound Our Lord immensely.

Another example came yesterday.

President Trump had told an interviewer that he hoped to have people living their normal lives by Easter Sunday, because that would be a "beautiful thing." Trump, being 72, is old enough to remember when people actually cared about Easter; when it was a monumentally significant day of celebration and joy.

"Easter" was the #1 trending topic on social media for almost a full day. 

The general gist of the response was that no one cares about Easter and that it was an odd (and unrealistic) day to plan for. 

This episode demonstrates, yet again, that the West, all of the West, is no longer Christian in any meaningful sense of the word. It is, in totality, pagan. It stopped believing a long time ago and the newest generation has just decided to not even pay lip service to its Christian heritage, because it has new gods now.

The new gods of the West are pleasure and self, in that order. They are the only things that matter. The cardinal rule of the West in 2020 is to not infringe on anyone else's pleasure or their conception of self with judgement or prohibitions.

Considering that the vast majority of the Church hails from the West this is a catastrophic development. The complete meekness of Church leaders in the face of governmental orders has been telling, and it reflects the indifference and meekness of the laity. 

The holiest time of year has been cancelled, and hardly anyone gives a damn. Church leaders were volunteering to end Mass before the authorities asked them to. Then they volunteered to lock Churches even without being asked. Now, they are actively prohibiting people from seeking the sacrament of reconciliation.

In another universe where the Church fought like warriors to administer the sacraments to the sick and to the laity in this time of plague, it would have served as a revolutionary testament our dedication to our faith to the world, exactly as it did in plagues past. The message that people would have received would have been: they take this seriously. They are risking their lives for the administration of the Sacraments They are true believers.

Who could say that now? They could have held Masses in huge Churches with fewer than 25 people in at a time, but hold more Masses to make sure everyone who wanted to attend could. They could have set up a system of personally visiting people at home to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They could have objected to political leaders that this was the holiest time of year and that living our Faith during Holy Week was not a request, it was an expectation. There are a thousand ways that the sacraments could have continued to been administered and the public health been preserved. We are so creative in every aspect of our lives, except this one, apparently.

But they chose not to do that. And more worryingly, the laity didn't ask them to. It seems like we all know who our master is that MUST be obeyed - and it is the government, not God.

What is God supposed to do with a world that is poisoned with such indifference and hostility to Him?

The Gospel excerpt above is interesting in this regard. Our Lord contrasts the faith of martyrs with salt having lost its savour. It is an interesting sequence of speech, and like everything in Sacred Scripture, it is there for a reason.

Christ seems to be telling us that when the Salt of the World declines to be reviled, to be persecuted, to be slandered, it will have lost its savour. And what happens to salt that has lots its savour? Christ tells us that it is good for nothing but to be trampled on by men.

I suspect, that after this virus passes, that is where we are headed .During the holiest time of year, Lent, the prelates and laity of the Church were given an opportunity to prove our love and devotion to the Lord and to the spiritual health of each other, and we not only failed, we helped the persecutors smother the Sacraments. What good is the salt now?

We are about to be trampled on by men, when this is over. Mark my words.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Northern Italy is about to ban the Mass during Lent/Easter. This is spiritual war.

And it came to pass, as he was going to Jerusalem, he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off; And lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, master, have mercy on us. Whom when he saw, he said: Go, shew yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were made clean. And one of them, when he saw that he was made clean, went back, with a loud voice glorifying God.

And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks: and this was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering, said, Were not ten made clean? and where are the nine? There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger. And he said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole. 
- St. Luke 17:11-19

Alright, let's go.

Italian authorities announced that a new decree containing draconian measures would be approved later on Saturday. It will include the power to impose fines on anyone caught entering or leaving Lombardy, the worst-affected region, until 3 April. People may be allowed in and out for serious reasons. The decree provides for banning all public events, closing cinemas, theatres, gyms, discos and pubs. Religious ceremonies such as funerals and weddings will also be banned.

Rome is also considering prolonging the closure of schools across the country until 3 April, while major sporting events, such as Serie A football games, will be played behind closed doors.


1.) That ban, I guarantee you, will be extended past April 3 through April 12 (Easter). That's how the devil works and he has power because faithless men have given themselves over to him.

2.) This ban is going to be coming to Rome. Within a week, maybe. And then to Vatican City.

3.) Lombardy is home of the nastiest, most left-wing Catholicism in Italy and maybe Europe. Massimo Faggioli, among many other left-wing theologians that have played prominent roles in the Church since Vatican II, came from that region.

4.) The virus came from China (communism) to Italy via Germany. Think on that for a few minutes.

5.) If it were Ramadan, and not Lent/Easter, do you think there is any chance that this gets proposed/approved? Not a 1% chance.

6.) This is spiritual war on the Church. Lent is the holiest time of year for the Church. It is when the greatest pourings of spiritual blessings get shared with the Mystical Body of Christ. Italy is the home of the Church. This is a direct assault on the Catholic Church.

7.) Atheists are mocking us online, on their websites and social media, for removing Holy Water fonts and the like from our Churches. This is what happens with faithless men lead the Catholic Church. It is a disgrace that these people have such little faith. Holy Water heals, not harms. We put our trust in Christ for that. But for that one must be a believer.

8.) Deprived of Lenten graces, under attack on the homeland of the Church, already shaken by the priestly abuse scandals and general persecution of modern society, the Church is under attack like never before. Our New Year begins on Easter Sunday. Entering it weakened in this manner, by a frontal attack via Satan, means that we are in serious danger going forward. Trust in Christ. Pray for the Mystical Body of Christ. Pray for the Church. 

9.) Catholic laity and priests need to defy this ban. Whether it means the sacraments are administered and Mass said in private homes, or in public Churches illegally, we do not answer to civil governments, we answer to God. Defy this ban. Be Catholic.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

No, Our Lady Did Not Say That Rome Will Become the Seat of the Antichrist

Despise not prophecies. But prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21

Because the Church seems to be led by people who are ashamed of many aspects of Church doctrine, many well-meaning Catholics are looking for answers to the disheartening cowardice of many Bishops and Priests. One answer, among many, seems to come from "hidden secrets" given to two children in La Salette, France.

You are probably familiar with parts of the sensational content. It is extremely well known. "Rome will lose the Faith and become the Seat of the Antichrist" and "the Church will be in eclipse" have been the foundation for many explanations and theories to explain the weak state of the Church.

I believe, and I have written before, that we are somewhere between the 2/3 mark and fulfillment of End Times prophecy and the Second Coming of Christ. I take these things extremely seriously. I write about them often, sometimes to my detriment (I get e-mails from priests and others calling me someone who is stoking up doom-and-gloom.)

But I will never write about apparitions or prophecy if  I am not absolutely certain is worth accepting. My criteria are simple: if anything in the message can be demonstrated to be false it all has to be discarded. Our Lady does not lie. Our Lord does not lie. Ever. Not about anything.

I am certain that the original, modest apparition (that occurred in 1846) that was approved by Church authorities very quickly is genuine. The parish in La Salette, France has seen up to 250 miracles answered by Our Lady of La Salette. The seers, Melanie (14 years old) and Maximin (11 years old), first transmitted a message that sounded like Our Lady; that was the same length as many apparitions that occurred in the past and that would occur in the future; that contained a clear message for people to change how they are behaving; and that promised help in the future. 

So far, so good.

But five years later, in 1851, the seers wrote a letter with the help of a local prelate to Pope Pius IX. The letter is several thousand words long. It contains prophecies with time stamps that did not occur and it contains extremely bizarre claims about the future. The letter containing the alleged message was allegedly found in the Vatican Archives in 1999. 

"Rome will lose..." and "The Church will be in eclipse" are but small portions of the longer message that I believe to be false. Here are some highlights of the longer message, all of which were supposed to occur before "Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist":

- People will be transported from one place to another by evil spirits (hasn't happened)
- The dead and righteous will come back to life (hasn't happened)
- In the year 1865 there will be desecration of Holy Places (didn't happen)
- Paris and Marseilles will burn and there will be murder everywhere. (didn't happen)
- The earth will open up and swallow the enemies of the Church and the earth will become desert-like (didn't happen)
- The Church will rebound and the Earth will become Catholic (hasn't happened)

THEN, after 25 years of peace and prosperity:

- There will be a false peace 
- The Antichrist will be born of a Hebrew nun and be fathered by a Catholic Bishop
-  The seasons will be altered, the earth will produce bad harvests, the moon will not provide its light


- Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist 

So, what is the timing of all this?

Maximum said that he heard the same kind of message given to Melanie but he put dates on it that HAVEN'T HAPPENED:

- "And the monster (the Antichrist) will arrive at the end of the 19th century or at the latest the commencement of the 20th)" 

You, or I, cannot interpret current events based on the general tone of prophecies that have failed. The first part that I outlined was supposed to happen before the beginning of the 20th century arrival of the Antichrist that was to be born of a Hebrew Nun and Catholic Bishop. This did not happen. Nothing in the above outline happened, even though they were all supposed to happen by now.

It is wrong to cherry pick two plausible sounding sentences ("Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist" and "the Church will be in Eclipse") because the Church is in disarray and disregard everything around those sentences that have turned out to be false. 

The extended secrets were ignored by the Church for a reason. Our Lady would never given 2500 words of secrets to a 14 and 11 year old and expect them to remember it and transmit it; in the apparitions to priests and religious the messages are always fairly short with clear themes and purpose. Our Lady never rambles like this. The extended secrets are bunk and not to be given any credence; the Church of Pope Pius IX was right to ignore them.

I have taken photos of the extended secret, from the book "Prophetic Messages for Our Times" published by the SSPX via Angelus Press below.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Here comes the Apocalypse, Or a Very Realistic Looking Preview

They cancelled the Mass.

The first thing that they did, in Northern Italy, when faced with a medical emergency was to cancel the Mass.

It wasn't the second thing they did. They didn't cancel schools first, or close malls. It was the first thing that they did. They went after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, two days before the start of Lent.

Who are "they"? They are the local officials, the mayors, the city Councillors, the governors. Italy is known to have an extremely high concentration of Freemasons in government, and when a crisis arose they followed their evil interior dispositions and attacked the Mass first.

Obviously, even a mayor or governor, does not have the power to cancel the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Catholic Church. That requires the acquiescence of Bishops, and of clergy. And acquiesce these cowardly bureaucrats did.

All it took to cancel Mass for the people of Northern Italy, on the eve of Lent, the holiest time of year for the Mystical Body of Christ, was a few phone calls from local officials and our Bishops caved. They caved and took away the Bread of Life from the people of Italy like they were cancelling a sporting event.

Actually, I have to correct myself. Cancelling Mass wasn't the very first thing that the Italian Bishops did. Last week, when the virus was in its infancy in Italy, the first thing they did was prohibit the reception of the Eucharist on the tongue. They forced Italian Catholics to receive the Eucharist, sacrilegiously, in the hand.

How easy is it going to be for the Antichrist to have Mass cancelled when he begins his attack on the Church proper?

Our Bishops aren't going to say no. Some Bishops will; a vast, vast minority. The rest will willingly provide obedience and cancel the Holy Sacrifice. They have just shown it this week. They are made of weak stuff. God help us.

The Apocalypse arrives in stages. I would argue that the French Revolution was the beginning of the attack on the Church proper. The war against the monarchies in the 19th century, the remarkable apparitions of the Blessed Virgin between 1810-1929, World War 1-2, Communism, Fascism, Modernism, Ecumenism, Vatican II. They are all big steps to the end. We have witnessed the attack on Christendom, on the Church, on the Mystical Body of Christ. We are witnesses.

And I would respectfully say that we are witnessing another giant step forward. Right here, right now.

The curious events surrounding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The befuddling pontificate of Pope Francis - Peter the Roman. Amoris Laetitia. The Amazonian Synod. The Church in confusion and under attack by spiritual monsters such as homosexualist James Martin - SJ and apostate Bishops. The Church under attack in China, with Catholic martyrs begging God to avenge the blood that the Communist government has spilled. Mass apostasy from the faith around the world.

And now.

Locust swarms (a biblical plague) the size of major cities in Africa that have now spread into China in such a severe way that the Chinese fear there may be no rice left in the country causing a massive famine by the end of the year. 

A virus that is spreading around the world with a mortality rate 12-24x the conventional flu. Shutting down businesses, disrupting supply chains, causing havoc on the world economy with the promise that millions of deaths could be in the offing.

This is chaos.

This is how change happens.

In the 1990's, during my childhood, I remember seeing these wonderful Nortel Network commercials with the background music The Beatles' "Come Together." It heralded all the promises of technology, of the internet, of globalism. We believed back then, as a society, that with Communism having been defeated, with "the business cycle a thing of the past," with Globalism triumphant that history was over. That what would be in front of us would be material prosperity and peace.

How foolish we were. We are marching to the next series of events that began with the French Revolution. The events accelerate, and slow. It feels like we are in an acceleration now, with the forces that are ravaging the Church, with the love of God that awaits to save us, with our destinies. These are consequential times.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday - Prayer

Concede nobis, Domine, praesidia militiae christiannae sanctis inchoare jejuniis; ut contra spiritales nequitias pugnaturi, contientiae muniamur auxillis. Per Christum Dominim nostrum. Amen.

Grant us, O Lord, to begin our Christian warfare with holy fasts; that we are about to do battle with the spirits of evil we may be defended by the aid of self-denial. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Coronavirus is the Real Deal - And a Global Pandemic is Now Guaranteed

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.
From all evil, (*Deliver us, O Lord)
From all sin*,
From Thy wrath*,
From sudden and unprovided death*,
From the snares of the devil*,
From anger, hatred, and all ill-will*.
From the spirit of fornication*,
From lightning and tempest*,
From the scourge of earthquake*,
From plague, famine and war*,
From everlasting death*.
- Litany of the Saints

Coronavirus, or COVID19, looks like the graveyard of Globalism.

We spent so much time building a world of seamless global transportation and global commerce, because we could, that we didn't spend any time thinking about whether or not we should.

I have been watching the virus carefully now, for six weeks, refraining from writing about it because alarmism and unwarranted fear do not help anybody. The common flu infects and kills tens of thousands of people a year, right? SARS petered out and was contained, right? Perhaps being prudent about sounding the alarm over Coronavirus was the right way to go.

So I waited.

I wanted to see if the Chinese could stop the spread of the virus. They report numbers of new cases, and new deaths, every evening at 7 PM EST.

I wanted to see if the virus stayed within the geographic borders of Southeast Asia.

I wanted to see if the mortality rate of the virus was high.

Now, I have answers, and I can honestly say that alarmism is warranted. Coronavirus is going to be the story of 2020. For example, I believe that the Summer Olympics is going to be cancelled; that there is going to be a stock market panic later on in the year; that this will be a pandemic that will end up being comparable to the Spanish Flu (which ended up killing between 40-55 million people).


Has China stopped the Spread of the Virus?

The Chinese, by the nature of their authoritarianism, have been able to use methods to stop the virus that would never  be tolerated in the West. They have quarantined entire cities. They put machine guns in the face of random people and force them to go to the hospital. They create concentration camps overnight to hold thousands of people that might have the virus. They shut down local media to prevent the spread of information. The police, and the army, have the right to detain anybody indefinitely. 760 million people are living under quarantine.

And yet all of these extreme methods has not been able to slow down, one iota, the spread of the virus. The official numbers demonstrate that new cases have doubled. Videos from region show people collapsing in the streets. Even relying on official governmental figures, the death rate for the virus is 2%, which is higher than SARS. Western medical professionals have guessed that the mortality rate could be as high as 4% (4% of 7 billion people is 280 million).

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) let the cat out of the bag: the Chinese are completely overwhelmed.

The virus could not be contained by an extremely technologically advanced, organized, authoritarian government.

Has the virus stayed within the geographic borders of Southeast Asia?

This is all new news from the last 24 hours:

As of two weeks ago there were less than 10 cases, total, outside of China.

Is the mortality rate of the virus high?

 A typical response from people on the Coronavirus, in the early stages, was "it's no worse than the common flu!"

"Seasonal flu kills 0.1% ie one in a thousand, CFR of 0.1

Covid-19 has a CFR so far outside China of 1.2-5.6%

In Hubei, where it has overwhelmed the capacity of the Chinese to control it and to effectively treat all patients, it is 18%"

In other words, it is anywhere in between 10-53x more fatal than the common flu. The Spanish Influenza, which killed 40-55 million people in a world that only had 1.8 billion people, was around these levels.

What is the bottom line here? What are the theological implications for Catholics, in all of this?

The bottom line is this:

- This is behaving, and spreading, at exactly the rate that scientists imagined a global pandemic would.
- The virus is more lethal than SARS, more adaptable than H1NI, more versatile than the Spanish flu.
-  It takes time for a virus to go truly global and become unstoppable. Unlike movies, where it happens in real time, it can take a full year before a pandemic becomes unstoppable and omnipresent. There are whispers among health professionals that the United Kingdom modeled out what this looks like and they project, in a realistic scenario, 500,000 cases of Coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom by Christmas.

The Achilles Heel of Modernism has always been that it relies on economic prosperity. In times of plenty, in times of economic success, the idea of humbling yourself before a powerful God and begging His intercession sounds unnecessary. The proud and strong do not want to beg for the protection and mercy of a loving God. They are gods in their own minds.

A global pandemic, because of the nature of the world's financial system that relies on debt and constant growth, would be the complete destruction of worldwide prosperity. Governments would default (they are at record high levels of debt, everywhere in the world), Banks would fail, ATM's would stop dispensing cash. Public order would cease.

Man has chosen to forsake the protection of God for the protection of the globalist economic system that was built on nothing but sand. This is why the business and governmental communities freak out over relatively small dips in economic growth: because the world is full of debt and if there are ANY interruptions the world economic system is toast.

And there is about to be an interruption. A big one. As I said, I doubt that the Summer Olympics in Japan will happen at all. I believe they will be cancelled, Japan being a country on the verge of a major outbreak of cases.

I believe that this fall will see a stock market crash, right in the middle of a presidential race (echoes of 2008), that will have unknowable consequences.

We are not ready for what's coming. Somewhere, out there, the virus is spreading. It is oozing through the pores of the globalist system that we have erected. It will shock some out of  complacency. We must be ready with prayers for the conversion of sinners and the preservation of human life. And we must be mentally ready for our lives to change in ways that we cannot currently foresee.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Quito Apparitions - This is What Happened, In Full

The Internet has its limitations. In the world of Catholic history, thought and research you cannot rely on purely internet sources because they are often incomplete or inaccurate. This was the main reason why I chose not to ever write about the Quito Apparitions, because the current articles were not very good.

This is probably the best current write-up on what happened in Quito, Ecuador between February 2, 1594-December 8, 1634 but even it is incomplete leaving many unanswered questions.

My sources for this article are the books by E. Mary Christie, via Angelus Press; Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success by Marian Horvat; The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana.

Editor's note, before I get into this proper. Some Benedict-is-Pope people have tried using the Quito Apparitions to bolster their claims that what has occurred to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was prophesied at Quito. Ann Barnhardt, for example, here, excerpts in a very selective way something that was said at Quito. But the full excerpt, written in the below article, demonstrates that this prophecy has already been fulfilled by Pope Pius IX. The "prisoner in the Vatican" quote is part of a longer paragraph that describes several well-known events that occurred in the mid-19th century. This is such common knowledge that there is even a Wikipedia article on the subject!

Another example is Barnhardt writing an incorrect version of the quote that totally changes its meaning with a picture of Benedict.

 Here is the quote, corrected, in context:

"In this supreme moment of need of the Church, those who should speak will fall silent. Dire times will come, when those who should justly defend the rights of the Church will be blinded. Without servile fear or human respect, they will join the enemies of the Church to help them accomplish their designs."

Our Lady of Quito is telling us that Bishops will fall for modernism and fail to protect the Church when the Church needs them most. It's not about the pope to the exclusion of the rest of the Bishops.

Editor's note over.

Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres

Mariana Francisca was born in Spain in 1563. On the day of her First Communion, when she was nine years old, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her and told her that she was destined to become a religious of the Immaculate Conception. She left Spain at 13 years old, with her aunt and four other Sisters, to found a branch of the Order of the Immaculate Conception in San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. 

The primary source of the following information is preserved for us because Bishop Pedro de Oviedo, tenth Bishop of Quito, having discerned how extraordinary the life of this woman was, ordered Mother Mariana to record her life experiences in an autobiography when she was close to death. One century later the convent's director, Prior Manual de Souza Pereira, compiled this manuscript along with the testimonies of other Franciscans who knew Mother Mariana into The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres.

In 1582, at the age of 19, Mother Mariana had a near-death experience. During her time in a state of unconscious she was given a choice to either enter Heaven or return to Earth and serve God. She chose the latter.

On Good Friday of 1588, Mother Mariana was shown a glimpse of the 20th century and a full panorama of the sins therein. The diabolical evils were so widespread that she went into a state of shock, appearing as if she was dead until Good Sunday when she recovered.

On the morning of February 2, 1594, while Mother Mariana was deep in prayer, the Blessed Virgin appeared with the Child Jesus and claimed the title Our Lady of Good Success. On February 2, 1610 the Virgin once again appeared and commanded that a life-size statue be made depicting her as she appeared to the devout religious of the convent. She named a local sculptor, Francisco del Castillo, a devout Catholic and a Marian devotee, whom she wanted to complete the work. Francisco began the sculpturing of the statue, but before he could finish it, in the early morning hours of January 16, 1611, while Mother Mariana was praying before the Blessed Sacrament, the altar was suddenly filled with a brilliant light and she beheld the awesome presence of the Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin, St. Francis of Assisi, and the three Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphel. The Church was suddenly filled with the sound of heavenly choirs singing the most beautiful music - and before her eyes, Mother Mariana witnessed the completion of the unfinished statue by St. Francis and the three Archangels.

These events were later attested to in official documentation by Bishop Salvador de Ribera, ninth Bishop of Quito. Bishop de Ribera blessed the statue and placed it where it remains to this day, displayed only three times a year.

Now, we turn to the prophecies. Here is a full, verbatim transcript of what has been contained in the convent for 400 years, on the events of the 19th-20th century:

Satan will reign almost completely by means of the Masonic sects, the clergy and prelates will become corrupt, great impurity will reign, heresies will abound, bad Superiors will destroy the spirit of Religion, Rules in convents and monasteries will become abandoned, the Holy Sacraments will be profaned and abused, people will be without care for spiritual matters, and the light of Faith will be almost completely extinguished in souls. Truly religious souls will be reduced to a small number and vocations will perish.

In this supreme moment of need of the Church, those who should speak will fall silent. Dire times will come, when those who should justly defend the rights of the Church will be blinded. Without servile fear or human respect, they will join the enemies of the Church to help them accomplish their designs. Woe to the error of the wise, to him who governs the Church, the pastor of the flock that my Most Holy Son confided into his care! But when they will appear triumphant and when the authority will abuse their power, committing injustices and oppressing the weak, their downfall will be near. Paralyzed, they will fall to the ground.

Woe to the children of these times because it will be difficult to receive the Sacrament of Baptism and also that of Confirmation. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, or modesty in women. Like a filthy ocean the massive impurity will inundate the streets, squares and public places with an astonishing liberty. There will be almost no virgin souls left in the world.

Often during this epoch the enemies of Jesus Christ, instigated by the devil, will steal consecrated hosts from the churches, so that they might profane the Eucharistic Species. 

As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, it will be attached and profaned in the fullest sense of the word. Masonry, which will be then in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the objective of doing away with the Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin, encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the Blessing of the Church.

The Christian Spirit will rapidly decline, extinguishing the precious light of Faith until it reaches the point when there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. The effects of secular education will increase, which will be one reason for the lack of priestly and religious vocations...

...the Sacred Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed and despised. The demon will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way, and he will labour with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation, corrupting many of them. These corrupted priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will incite the hatred of the bad Christians and the enemies of the Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church to fall upon all priests. This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good pastors of the Church.

In these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury which, acting thus to snare the rest into sin, will conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will be lost. 

How the Church will suffer during this dark night! Lacking a prelate and father to guide them with paternal love, gentleness, strength, wisdom and prudence, many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger.  

Monday, February 17, 2020

You Pray a Lot More Than You Think

O Lord, in the multitude of Thy mercies, I will enter into Thy house, and worship Thee in Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name.

It is our duty, as Catholics, to pray. We all know that. Prayer is the nourishment of our souls in between visits to Mass and the reception of the Sacraments. Most of us have periods where we demonstrate more fidelity to our prayer life than other times. That is human nature and it happens to all of us. 

There are two kinds of prayer: mental and vocal. Most people think that reciting the "Our Father" or the "Glory Be" in your head, without making a noise, is the extent of "mental" prayer, but they are mistaken. Mental prayer encompasses a lot more than that, and because it does, most of us pray a lot more than we think. 

Excerpt from Blessed Be God

[mental prayer] consists of in thought only, as when we think reverently of God, of His eternity, immensity, power, goodness, mercy, and the like; or whenever our mind dwells with pious reflection on divine things, such as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments, the Blessed Virgin or the saints, the future state of souls, heaven, purgatory, and the life to come. 

The contemplation of God, of His attributes, or of any divine truths, which arouses pious affections or good resolutions, comes under the head of mental prayer. As we can reflect in our own way and with sentiments of love on the persons of our friends and relatives who are far away, as we can think of their qualities of mind and soul, of all they have done or been to us, so in our minds alone, without the use of words, we can think affectionately and interestedly of God and of divine truths; and that is what is meant by mental prayer.

No special method or system is required for this act of religion. Neither it is necessary to single out for our meditation any particular divine subject. Rather we should dwell on those mysteries which appeal to us most, and from contemplation of which we derive most spiritual fruit. Doubtless the life of our divine Saviour is the most attractive and fruitful subject of our pious thoughts, since it is the easiest to dwell on and the most universal in its appeal.

So there you go. Contemplation of God, of the Mass, of the Sacraments, of Catholicism and its mysteries is a form of mental prayer. You are demonstrating more fidelity to your prayer responsibilities than you thought.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Mailbag Question: What Are the Most Important Books to Read?

I'm going to break this up into tiers: Good Foundation. Intermediate Catholic. Advanced Catholic.

Good Foundation:

A Brief Catechism for Adults
The Latin Mass Explained
Western Europe in the Middle Ages, 300-1475
The Papacy: What the Pope Does and Why It Matters
The Messages of Our Lady of Knock (not a book, but a MUST read: you cannot understand modern history without understanding Church history. And Church history, and the real presence of the supernatural, is summed up in this series. It's a must read. Must. Read.)

Intermediate Catholic:

Jesus of Nazareth, 3 Book Set - Pope Benedict XVI 
Second Vatican Council: An Unwritten Story
Manual for Spiritual Warfare
Preparation for Death
True Devotion to Mary

Advanced Catholic

Don't feel overwhelmed at all that you don't know. If you are on this website, the Holy Ghost has (most likely) led you into the Catholic Church, so you are doing fine. Nobody is perfect. It took St. Augustine 12 years to shake off his habitual sins. And in the end, it will all be worth it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lourdes is a Living Monument to the Truth of Catholicism

Holy Mary,  Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace...
(Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

When I was in the process of converting to the Church I was obviously impressed by the modern apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but I felt like such obvious proof for Catholicism needed to have convincing explanations, otherwise everyone would be Catholic. Right?

You would be surprised. I read several "skeptical" explanations for what occurred...and there really isn't an explanation for Lourdes. "Mass hallucination" is the best argument for the occurrence (and anyone trained in logic will just laugh at how weak that argument is.) Skeptics try attacking the medical miracles that occur at Lourdes (the Church has a rigorous process for the miracles they approve) but you will notice they never have an explanation for the spring of water itself.  

I am not even going to go into the medical miracles that have occurred at Lourdes (yes, the doctors hired by the Church take into account that some people naturally get better from even serious diseases, no they do not explain or account for the medical miracles). I am going to talk about the spring of water.

The spring, existing since time immemorial,was only discovered, underneath a muddy rock, by the instructions of Our Lady of Lourdes herself. This immense amount of water, previously unknown, has become a living monument to the truth of Catholicism. Every day, in every part of the world, angels adore Jesus at the consecration of every Mass that occurs. Every day, this spring of water provides us with a second reminder of what is really "important."

What is "important," what matters above all, is navigating this life successfully to a happy death. I spent almost all of the some of the best years of my life, my youth, obsessing over what my future  career would be and trying to accumulate possessions and accolades. The peace that comes from having purpose, of knowing what is truly important, is the most valuable thing that I will ever know. Every time I leave Mass I thank God for bringing me there, for leading me into the Church, for loving me in a way that I do not deserve.

Lourdes is a living monument to that love. It happened in 1858, when modernity began infesting the Church and the wider world. It's purpose was to be a reminder of eternal truths in a time of great upheaval. 

St. Bernadette, ora pro nobis.
Our Lady of Loudes, ora pro nobis.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Ask God For the Necessary Graces

These are two of my favorite prayers these days. They are best said in the morning and will set you up for the day. They are taken from the Blessed Sacrament Prayerbook. I've basically stopped using my Missal at the moment in favour of the BSP. Enjoy! - jd

Ask God for the necessary graces

O my God, Thou knowest my poverty and weakness, and that I am unable to do anything good without Thee; deny me not, O God, the help of Thy grace; proportion it to my necessities, give me strength to avoid anything evil which Thou forbiddest, and to practice the good which Thou hast commanded, and enable me to bear patiently all the trials which it may please Thee to send me.

Resolve to avoid sin and to practice virtue

Adorable Jesus, my Saviour and master, model of all perfection. I resolve and will endeavor this today to imitate Thy example; to be, like Thee, mild, humble, chaste, zealous, charitable and resigned. I will redouble my efforts that I may not fall this day into any of those sins which I have heretofore committed (here name any besetting sin), and which I sincerely desire to foresake. I have the intention to gain all the indulgences I can in favour of the poor souls in purgatory.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Antiphon to the Holy Archangel Michael

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio, ut non pereamus in tremendo judicio.

Holy archangel Michael, defend us in battle, that we may not perish in the tremendous judgement.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A Glimpse In the Life of an Exorcist in the 19th Century Provides Us a Real Look at Spiritual Warfare

"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give." (St. Matthew 10:8)

Warning: This post contains material that is deeply disturbing.

From 1870-1906 an exorcist toiled, anonymously, somewhere in Christendom. He wrote a journal of his experiences to keep the local Bishop abreast of what he was seeing and hearing. Upon his death in 1906 the completed journal was submitted to the local Archdiocese. 28 years later the Bishop approved its publication after the Holy Office declared that the work was "highly praiseworthy" and that it "contained nothing contrary to the teachings of the Church."

This was the Holy Office of Pope Pius XI. These were not modernists. If they say something is worth publishing, we should pay attention. Please do not send me e-mails admonishing me for "trusting demons." I trust the Holy Office.

The work is known as Mary Crushes the Serpent. It is 56 pages long. You can find a free PDF version floating around online, or you can buy a copy from Amazon for $6. Please note that "Begone Satan" is from a different exorcist - it is a story of an Iowa exorcism that was the basis for the Hollywood movie in the early 1970's.

What struck me, first, was how serious the demons were. I find it hard to take seriously the stories of modern-day exorcists that make demons sound like cartoonish characters with little intelligence or depth, speaking banal platitudes that sound like they came from the keyboard of some bored suburbanite. 

To put it mildly, that is not the case here. An example: 

The demons plan to harm the Church with every means at their disposal. I reminded Satan during an exorcism that it is not within his power to destroy the Church by quoting: "The gates of hell shall not prevail against her." "We know that," the demon answered coldly, "but we will persecute her as much as it is in our power to do so." (pp. 20)

The exorcist goes on at length about how he always commanded a sign that the demon has really left the person. Most often the demon scratched underneath the person's skin, with three nails, images to leave his mark, or a mark commanded by the priest, before departing. The story of a 12-year-old girl who wrote in blood an agreement selling her soul to a demon in return for trivial things, and being possessed for decades, was especially irksome.  

The exorcism of Annaliese Michel makes a lot more sense after reading this book. It was hard to read the transcript of that exorcism and take it seriously, with demons screaming "I AM HITLER! I AM NERO! I AM NAPOLEON!" etc. The book provides an answer to this seemingly bizarre behavour:

"It seems they have a predelection for such names or persons through whom they have evidently and successfully injured the Church. In this time they have imitate generals of war who often bear the name of the battles wherein they gained their decisive and glorious victory. There is a demon by the name of Judas, a demon by the name of Elizabeth of England, a demon by the name of Voltaire....very likely they are the demons who succeeded in harming the Church through these historical characters."  (pp. 10)

In short: individual demons gloat at the conquests of famous people in history that they have corrupted and try to make their power known by adopting that human personalities name. That makes sense.

Ah, the Judas Demon. 

The anonymous exorcist makes it clear that this is a demon that he struggled against mightily. It is a powerful demon that corrupts priests, taking its name from corrupting Judas the Apostle, one of the 12 first priests.

This Demon is a problem. A campaign organized by the Church to root it out, diminish its power and guard against it in the future is badly needed. He has badly damaged the Church and corrupted many consecrated souls away from God.

Please keep in mind that this was written before 1906 and think about what has happened in the Church over the last 60 years, especially with the sexual abuse scandal:

The forces of hell also try to corrupt priests. The demon who brags about ruining Judas and who parades under that name is planning with associates to bring about deception, corruption and destruction of priests. Their one aim against priests is to make them traitors. (pp.21)

And, finally...

He takes the future into consideration: "There will be many apostates," he said, "and I will use your priests to erect my own church."

Sobering. Prescient. Real. Dangerous.

The priest who wrote this book explained how the presence of "victim souls," people who are willing to accept suffering to help the Blessed Mother convert sinners to God, is essential for the defeat of these plans. But who is willing to suffer now? Who wants to bear that Cross?

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Vatican Should Shock The World and Declare the Holy Shroud of Turin Worthy of Belief

"But Peter rising up, ran to the sepulchre, and stopping down, he saw the linen cloths laid by themselves; and went away wondering to himself at that which was come to pass." (St. Luke 23:12)

The Holy Shroud of Turin is genuine. 

There are many, many reasons to believe so. I have absolutely no doubt - zero - that the Shroud is a genuine article. In the year 2020 AD, with all of the amazing technology of the day, it is impossible for any person to replicate the qualities of the Holy Shroud with modern technology...yet we are to believe that medieval forgers using no technology at all created this Holy article. I'm not even going to dignify that fraudulent "carbon dating" test of 1989 with a response - it has already been debunked thoroughly by non-partisan scientists the world over. "In any form of inquiry or scientific discipline, it is the weight of evidence which must be considered conclusive. In archaeology, if there are ten lines of evidence, carbon dating being only one of them, and it conflicts with the other nine, there is little hesitation to throw out the carbon date as inaccurate." 

God is good, always, and the fact that he foresaw the spiritual difficulties of our age and planted this beautiful present for us - the 1898 shock photo negative that shows Our Lord in his Crucified state - to straighten our faith is a testimony to the wonderfulness of the God that we serve.

Excerpt from the book Miraculous Images of Our Lord, pp 204:

The wounds of the scourging have been numbered by one examiner as being between 90 and 120. Another counted 200 wounds. Both agree that the wounds were produced by a dumb-bell shaped instrument identical in size and shape to the Roman flagrum. It was apparent to these examiners that two men inflicted the wounds, the one on the right being taller, more aggressive and sadistic than his companion on the left.

Photographs of the Shroud were taken for a second time during an exhibition in attendance at this 1931 exhibition was a young priest, the future Pope Paul VI.

The holy relic was enshrined in peace until October 1, 1972, when a deliberate attempt was made to destroy it by fire, The perpetrator remains unknown, but because of the asbestos inside the reliquary, his efforts were unsuccessful and the Shroud survived.

During the firsts televised exposition of the Shroud the year following the attempt, Pope Paul VI recalled his emotions when he saw the Shroud at the 1931 exposition: "It appears so true, so profound, so human and so divine, such as we have been unable to admire and venerate in any other image."

Demons sent by hell to destroy an item that could cause millions to revert/convert to the Faith? Check.

If Hell knows the power of the Shroud, so should we. 

The Vatican, to initiate a revival of the Catholic Faith, and to spark a media frenzy that shakes complacent people out of their materialistic stupor, should immediately declare the Holy Shroud of Turin Worthy of Belief.

All of the Bishops in the World should be there. It should be exposed publicly for the ceremony and everyone should bow and pray at this image which clearly shows the torture that Our Lord endured for our souls.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pray for Us.
Christ the King, Have Mercy on Us.